Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland food hygiene put under spotlight

Image caption The new scheme will mean inspectors making unannounced visits to food outlets

A new scheme aimed at improving hygiene and safety standards in Northern Ireland restaurants and food outlets is to be launched later.

The Food Standards Agency scheme rates the hygiene standards of more than 11,000 cafes and restaurants, butchers' shops, supermarkets and delicatessens.

Premises will be rated from zero to a top rating of five.

Each rating will be displayed on the premises. They will also be available Online.

The agency operates the scheme in partnership with 17 district councils across Northern Ireland.

It will replace previous schemes, including the Scores on the Doors in Belfast.

The Northern Ireland launch coincides with the scheme being rolled out in Wales and England promoting consistency for both consumers and businesses.

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